Newly Baptized Testimonials: June 20, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on June 20, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Lolina Prado, 21, Former Seventh-Day Adventist, Manila

On Being Baptized
It’s a very light feeling and it brings me to tears. Then I feel like I’m floating; it’s hard to explain.

At first, I have a relative that always invites me here, my cousin. She’s already a member, but I wasn’t really interested then.

At home though, I continued watching [The Old Path] TV program. That’s when I started to have interest in it. That’s how I got to this day. In God’s will, I was baptized.

With regards to the doctrines, almost everything is in there. I can’t think of any more questions that weren’t answered by them.

I was [also] able to attend a Bible Exposition; first one was back in 2012, and I was just indoctrinated this year.
On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, thank you very much for leaders like you.

Before we didn’t believe in God, but since we have listened to your preaching, we have proved that God really exists.

We had our doubts [before]. At some point, I was even mad at God because I thought life was unfair, “Why is there no equality? Why are we poor? Why are there wealthy people?” Something like that. So we are very much thankful that we heard your [Bro. Eli’s] teachings.

~o~

Sis. Judith Villamor, 23, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
I’m happy. It felt light, like all the heaviness and burden in me vanished.

I first learned about Bro. Eli through my boyfriend’s mom, and I got to watch him on TV. Sometimes his mom would invite me to Prayer Meetings and Bible Expositions.

My first encounter was that she invited me to a Prayer Meeting. I first knew of him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] last 2010, when Sis. Nelly’s son and I became a couple.

There were times when I felt like it was hard to accept the doctrines, because I had a very different belief on things. That is why I had second thoughts if I should continue.

With God’s help I was able to go through and finish the indoctrination. I was motivated by the teachings. They’re all true.

All the answers were in the Bible, not just mere stories. Unlike in my old religion, they would just read one verse from the Bible, then it would be all non–biblical talk.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope they will continue on with their work: The Mass Indoctrination, Bible Exposition, so more people will be enlightened and be members of the Church of God.

~o~

Sis. Kimberly Serrona, 20, Former KNC, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I feel like a new person. This is the best feeling I’ve ever felt.

Actually, I’ve been listening to him [Bro. Eli Soriano] for a long time now. I was a KNC before. Then I got indoctrinated because of my parents; they’ve been members since 1999, and my brother as well.

I’ve decided to long time ago to go under indoctrination, but my focus was on my studies. There was a lot to consider, so I finished all of those first.

I always attended gatherings even when I wasn’t yet baptized. I have no objections to the teachings. You can really see God’s kindness.

On MCGI Leaders
My message to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I wish that they will continually be guided by the Lord God and that their works would flourish.

~o~

Sis. Helen Nozalga, 45, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
Good. I feel really good and different. Before I was submerged, I had this pain in my throat, then after being in the water now it’s gone.

I went to the indoctrination sessions because my employer Ma’am Allen invited me. My other friend is also a member; they’ve guided me here. I’ve learned a lot from the doctrines that I’ve listened to. I was a Catholic before; it was different there. All that I never learned in the Catholic Church, I learned here.

On MCGI Leaders
Thank the Lord that I was able to watch them on TV. I am truly grateful to God and Bro. Eli.

~o~

Sis. Ofelia Buenaobra, 57, Former Born Again, Bulacan Province

On Being Baptized
I feel like a new being. It was like I didn’t even want to get out of the water. It wasn’t because the weather was hot, but it was different.

There’s no right word for it. Because from the line I was crying, and as I was entering the water too. Even until it was time to eat, I kept on crying tears of joy.

It was through radio actually that I was able to listen to Bro. Eli. My husband and I were actually both Born Again members before.

He was the one who was actually listening. But in a span of three weeks [of listening], I decided to get baptized. I approached my brother, Bro. Dennis. I knew that he is already a member here.

I approached him and I asked him to help me. I told him I wanted to know God in a deeper sense through Bro. Eli. My brother was our pastor before, now he’s a member for two years. As for me it’s my day to be born again, my birthday.

It really was just within three weeks; I decided immediately. The power of the Holy Spirit is really something. I went to my brother on my own, I searched for the coordinating center despite heavy rainfall. I filed for a leave at work so I wouldn’t get late in the indoctrination sessions. So from day one of the indoctrination, I really finished it with God’s help.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli, thanks be to God. Thank you very much to you and to Bro. Daniel, to the Church of God and I thank the Lord first of all for having my brother Dennis as a way for me to learn the truth.

~o~

Sis. Perlyn Pormelejo, 23, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
It will improve my life because I will learn more about the teachings of God. I can live by them now, and remove my previous bad habits [with God’s help and mercy].

When I got out of the water all of my burden lifted. It was like I can fly; that’s how weightless I felt.

Before I watched him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano], through television. Then, a friend of mine invited me, and that’s when I got encouraged to attend the indoctrination two weeks ago.

I liked it a lot because it’s based on the Bible. That’s when I realized, when I compared my life before, that I was really sinful. That’s when I thought my life will be better inside the Church.

When I first heard the teachings, I really reflected on how sinful my life was. I was an occasional drinker.

On MCGI Leaders
For them to have longer lives and that they may continue to serve our brethren and fellowmen that are in need.

~o~

Sis. Sheila Marie Antonio, 39, Former Fourth Watch Member, Manila

On Being Baptized
I feel good. It feels so much like I’m already separated from sin. I have been listening to Bro. Eli for about one year now, through UNTV.

Sometimes before when I would switch channels, I would see UNTV but wouldn’t really pay attention to it. That was because I was in a different religion then. I am in awe with the teachings in this Church. My mind finally had peace, and I feel light.

On MCGI Leaders
Thanks be to God for Bro. Eli’s program. He doesn’t know how much difference he made in the lives of many people. I pray that his program will continue to be successful, and that he may be granted a longer life so he can propagate the words of God more.

~o~

Sis. Glecie Ramilo, 28, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
Before I joined the Church, I thought my life was a dead-end, hopeless. I was pounded with innumerable problems.

When a co-worker invited me to listen to Bro. Eli, I realized that a sinner still has a chance at forgiveness. There’s mercy reserved for someone like me.

I have friends who are members of MCGI; however, I never listened to them before. I expressed my doubts. Eventually, after I was convinced to listen, I found out I liked what Bro. Eli is preaching.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope they will have more chances to help others, more souls to bring to salvation. To let people know how significant God’s words are. I pray that the evangelization will spread, extend all over the world and not only in the Philippines.

~o~

Sis. Analyn Yuson, 34, Former Seventh-Day Adventist, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
Inexplicable joy. I don’t know where it stemmed, but it’s an unusual kind of happiness.

My best friend was the first one who got baptized. I went with my best friend and was able to listen to biblical truths. I was persuaded to attend the indoctrination sessions, and with God’s help and mercy, I was baptized.

The first time I got to listen to Bro. Eli was a very long time ago because I went overseas. It has been almost eight years, when I first returned here [in the Philippines]. I went with my husband to the indoctrination sessions, but I wasn’t able to continue. Last year, when I returned to the country for good, I was able to continue listening.

At first, I didn’t know what to do. The coordinating center was very far from my home [abroad], similar to the distance between Manila and Apalit. I haven’t listened much back then, because it was difficult overseas. When I moved back here, with God’s mercy I persisted.

On MCGI Leaders
We are grateful that God has chosen Bro. Eli to be the instrument in leading people to salvation. We are praying for a longer life for him so he can reach out to more souls.

~o~

Bro. Jude Rowell Llanes, 16, Former KNC, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
It was liberating. I feel very happy because I felt that my sins were forgiven.

That was what I felt at first before I went to the swimming pool. I was anxious. I was trembling when I got to the water because it was very cold. Right after I got baptized however, I felt light and felt there’s something in me that changed.

My family has been baptized since early 2000s, but I could say that I only seriously listened to Bro. Eli around 2008 or 2009 because I was still a child then, a Kawan ng Cordero member.

With the persistence of our KNC worker, by taking down notes whenever I listen to Bro. Eli, I took interest with Bro Eli. That’s when I can say I listened to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

What they say all comes from the Bible, very different from other religions. I feel a little sad for others who are not able to listen to our preachers. I hope other people get to listen to them so they will be enlightened.

I pray we will remain faithful in the Church and that no one will stop from doing good and fulfilling the will of God. I also pray that even if we experience trials, we will be able to endure.

On MCGI Leaders
Thanks be to God for everything, because if it weren’t for them, my family’s condition would have been very different from the present. If Bro. Eli will return [to the Philippines], I hope more people will get baptized.

~o~

Sis. Eva Bivar, 60, Former Born Again, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I am certain of my salvation; that was the first thing I felt. It was like a guarantee.

Before, I thought that the simple acceptance of Jesus Christ is a big change. I haven’t even read the Bible then. In my heart I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and my savior. I thought that was enough.

Now I realized after getting baptized in MCGI that He completed me. So I am very happy; I feel whole, because I understood the baptism I accepted. I praise and thank the Lord Jesus Christ, and of course our Almighty Father and the Holy Spirit who all guide me and continue to teach me. The reason why I am here, I believe, is because the Holy Spirit guides me.

Thanks be to God we have television. We have a sister who used to tell how wonderful Bro. Eli’s preaching is. I said yes, because I was able to listen to him before. However, my only comment was that he’s got a very loud voice so I didn’t feel like listening to him again.

The sister convinced me to watch him again. So I did, because I always sought God and His righteousness. I was in the process of wanting to know the Lord more and more. I thought, I won’t lose anything if I tried watching him again.

I watched him for three years and was very happy then. I realized Bro. Eli was an exceptional preacher. I am very grateful to God. I had many answered questions just by listening to him.

He guides his viewers to understand God’s words, which really gives truth and life to many. Other people’s problems are answered, as long as they will take it to heart, as long as they have faith in God’s words.

People will reach the promised life, the one everyone seems to be looking for, the righteous life that God promised to give us. I was a former actress, albeit being considered aged now, I am still noticed. Thanks be to God. I’m happy that people will be able to listen to me through this interview. God is the best. Hallelujah.

On MCGI Leaders
May they persevere with their evangelization of God’s words all over the world, because humanity really needs true preachers like them. I also pray that they will continue to be patient to members who can somewhat be hardheaded. May we all unite in faith, that’s also one of my prayers. Thanks be to God for you Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

I am truly happy. One of these days, I probably will be able to meet you. This is God’s gift to me. Once again, first and foremost, I thank God.

 

More Service to Brethren and Fellowmen, Highlight of MCGI’s 3-Day International Thanksgiving to God 

Apalit, Pampanga –New Bible-based studies, heightened welfare services to all, and consultation with Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon served as high points of the second quarter International Thanksgiving to God of the Members Church of God International last July 5-6 this year.

The international event was joined by more than 1,360 remote points in the Philippines alone. Members abroad, including brethren who are natives of Latin and Central America, were also connected via satellite and internet facilities.

A volunteer Lingap Kapatid member (Brethren Welfare) assists an elderly in signing his name in the Transient Home. (Courtesy of PVI)
A volunteer Lingap Kapatid member (Brethren Welfare) assists an elderly in signing his name in the Transient Home. (Courtesy of PVI)

Heightened Service to Brethren and Visitors

Following last quarter’s historic Thanksgiving set in South America, this quarter’s International Thanksgiving to God continued the 50th year celebration of Bro. Eli’s service to God. In line with this, new and intensified services were rendered to ITG attendees.

To attend to the spiritual needs of the brethren, the regular consultation hours assigned per International Thanksgiving were also reformatted. An initiative introduced by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel as part of Thanksgiving program, the consultation sessions gives members the opportunity to ask the MCGI Leaders to ask questions and air their sentiments.

This ITG, the consultation activity featured Bro. Daniel venturing into the crowd of thousands upon thousands gathered at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga instead of letting members queue to ask their preachers.

In the reformatted consultation, Bro. Daniel himself ventures into the crowd to inquire about the brethren's well-being. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
In the reformatted consultation, Bro. Daniel himself ventures into the crowd to inquire about the brethren’s well-being. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

The Vice-Presiding Minister was also aided by the Katulong ng Pangangasiwa (Helpers of the Ministry) in seeking out from the crowd those who need counsel.

Aside from tending to the brethren’s spiritual concerns, the Church leaders also emphasized on addressing the attendees’ health necessities.

The ADD Infirmary and Alternative Clinic housed volunteer doctors and medical specialists who devoted most of their break hours to attend to the needs of brethren and visitors alike giving free health and dental checkups and medical services.

Visitors and guests were also welcomed and accommodated during the three-day gathering. To accommodate guests, the ADD Compound houses a Transient Home for visitors and brethren alike who do not have lodging during the three-day event.

Volunteer nurses and doctors offer free medical assistance to brethren and visitors alike last International Thanksgiving to God.  (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Volunteer nurses and doctors offer free medical assistance to brethren and visitors alike last International Thanksgiving to God. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Aside from this, Bro. Soriano makes sure that those without money to buy food be given free meals, not just during the three-day event but also during regular Thanksgiving to God events held every Saturday.

Visitors from Different Sectors

The members of the Golden Gays community graced the three-day activity to personally express their gratitude to Bro. Eli for providing a new home for the elderly gay community.

In partnership with UNTV and the Happy Christian gay group of the Church, the MCGI has relocated the adoption home for the Golden Gays from Pasay to a bigger area in Novaliches, Quezon City.

In the reformatted consultation, they also lauded Bro. Eli’s wise answer to their sensitive question regarding whether members of the LGBT community can go to heaven.

(Written by Yanna-Faye Ferrera)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: June 13, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on June 13, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Arnel and Sis. Lilibeth Matutina, 46 & 41, Former Catholic, New Zealand

On Being Baptized

Bro. Arnel: Inexplicably happy. I started listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] a long time ago; perhaps, not earlier than 1995. It wasn’t regular though. There were times that I would get off from work, and I would be able to watch him.

Sis. Lilybeth: I feel happy as well. [I got to listen to Bro. Eli] when he became my husband. I listened, and I found it to be truthful.

Bro. Arnel: We came from New Zealand; we listened to Bro. Eli through the Internet, on Youtube, mostly his debates.

On MCGI Leaders

Bro. Arnel: May God guide him always. I hope he can lead more people inside the Church. He’s an instrument for people to learn about the truth.

Sis. Lilybeth: May God always guide him. Many, many thanks that we were able to listen to his preaching.

~o~

Bro. Dante and Bro. Razel Bardon,43 a nd 29, Former Catholics, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized

Bro. Dante: I feel free from hardships, unlike before when I didn’t seem to have direction. Now, there’s a big change.

Bro. Razel: I’m happy. I felt relieved. I was able to listen to Bro. Eli through television.

Bro. Dante: My knees were trembling [when I was being baptized]. As I knelt down underwater, I felt like there was something inside that left me. [At first] there was something violently out of control inside me; I couldn’t understand it. Then, when I opened my eyes, everything felt new. My being felt lighter.

I’ve been listening to Bro. Eli Soriano for about five years now. My wife encouraged me to listen, and I told myself to study what he’s teaching. If he’s telling the truth, I will follow, I said.

While I was listening, I realized that his teachings are true. I was a former Catholic and their [teachings] were repetitive. Here in the Members Church of God, you will learn a lot of things in the Bible, and it’s complete. Bro. Eli teaches well.

On MCGI Leaders

Bro. Dante: May they continue propagating God’s words. They are well-versed about the Bible; they’re the best.

Bro. Razel: May they continue their propagation works.

Newly Baptized Testimonials: June 6, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on June 6, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Eleahjah Modelo, 17, Former KNC, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
It was a very light feeling, happy. I often go with my mom during Thanksgivings and Prayer Meetings and Church gatherings. I was eight year old when I started being a KNC.

On MCGI Leaders
Thank you for providing a way for us to listen to the teachings of God. May you help more people and may they return to God’s grace.

~o~

Bro. Arnel Averilla, 58, Former Seventh-Day Adventist, NCR

On Being Baptized
I feel a really big difference now compared before as though my mind is in a tranquil state.

When I was an Adventist I wasn’t paying attention to it [The Old Path]. But one night, when I can’t find anything good to watch on television, I tuned in to Bro. Eli on UNTV. Then I got interested in what he was saying. It became continuous, as in everyday I listened to him. I listened for seven months then I texted the number of the coordinating center that was shown on TV.

On MCGI Leaders
Thanks to both of you and for the enlightenment that you bring to people.

~o~

Bro. Abbialvon Macalino, 19, Former Freelancer, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
Compared to before, I feel lighter now. My family introduced me to it [The Old Path]. My relatives are members; they invited me to listen and my parents are members too; My mom has been [a member] for less than a year.

On MCGI Leaders
Thank you very much. Thank God for someone like you that teaches the word of God and the same with Bro. Daniel.

~o~

Bro. Arnel Amboang, 21, Former Born Again, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
It feels good and light because I’ve accepted the true religion.

When I was in Muṅoz, I was invited by one of the brethren there, I was invited to attend, saying that it was for my own salvation. When I got there, I was encouraged to be a member and when I had the chance I did. It was good, the teachings that Bro. Eli preaches. It gives this heart-warming feeling when you listen to it – the truth.

On MCGI Leaders
Thank you for everything, you’ve helped us so much; especially with the teachings from the Bible that we have learned from you.

~o~

Bro. Mark Garcia, 24, Former Roman Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I’m full of joy.

It started when I worked in the factory. I was invited by someone from work to attend the Bible Exposition. When I listened to the holy teachings that Bro. Eli Soriano was preaching, I said to myself, “This is exactly what the Gospel is.”

Eventually they lent me CDs and I’ve continuously watched his shows on UNTV 37. It was after a year when I finally thought that why not be a member too so that I can fully continue my service to God.

On MCGI Leaders
Thank you very much for your continuous guidance, for guiding people to the right path to salvation.

~o~

Bro. Lucky Galano, 30, Former Protestant, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy now, and finally I’m with those who are really in search of the good teachings of God. Because we really found the truth, unlike others out there who are just making up their teachings; there’s no basis at all.

I watch [UNTV] Channel 37. I see the way he [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] teaches; you see the truth in there.

I’ve been listening to Bro. Eli for a year now; I was still in Cavite [since the first] time. Then I moved to Laguna, and there I asked how to be a member.

I attended one [Thanksgiving on a] Saturday, and they told me that indoctrinations would start soon. They encouraged me to attend; I figured I have nothing to lose, so I did. And from start to finish you’ll really see the teachings of God in there.

I remember that every time I passed by the coordinating center, a lot of people would tell me, “No! Not there.” But I mustered all my courage, because I know that this is the truth. It’s biblical.

On MCGI Leaders
Thanks to you my knowledge about the Bible broadened. All that you are saying is the truth; I can see it, and I can read it.

Newly Baptized Testimonials: May 30, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on May 30, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Marissa Bilir, 43, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
I feel fresh, as in really fresh. Before I got immersed to be baptized, I was really crying. [I thought] At least this time… I didn’t know that I still had a chance; I have the big chance for my sins to be cleansed, to be forgiven. So when the baptism was over, I was really thankful, very thankful.

Before I heard [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television, because it was only through that that I met him. He’s really gifted. So I can see that I really have nothing else to look for in him.

Through this Church of God, I realized that though I would die today, it’s welcome to me already. That’s what I feel now, and ever since I met Bro. Eli.

On MCGI Leaders
More power. I know that [they] still need to preach to many more. Good health too.

~o~

Sis. Azueta Adarayan, 37, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
Somehow I feel light. My friend invited me to a prayer meeting service. She also invited me to the indoctrination sessions.

I see [the Members Church of God International] on Facebook and on television. I watch [Ang Dating Daan] on television. I liked him [Bro. Eli Soriano]; the teachings he says are really true, so I got indoctrinated.

I’ve been listening to Bro. Eli a long time, since 2002, but I wasn’t able to immediately decide. I was afraid of the responsibility that I will face, that I wouldn’t be able to handle it. But now, with God’s mercy, I was able to decide. I am now sure of myself.

Before I attended prayer meetings; it was through DVD before, way back 2000. I also watched on television. Now, I see it on Facebook, on the Internet.

Sometimes I would share and like the [newly baptized testimonials]. It’s encourages me and strengthens my faith, when I get to read the messages.

On MCGI Leaders
May [they] be given more bodily strength by the Lord that he may be able to spread more the words of God.

~o~

Sis. Micah Genesis Roño, 23, Former KNC, NCR

On Being Baptized
My heart is happy.

My parents are already members. I’ve long been a Kawan Ng Cordero (KNC) member before. I’m thankful to God because my parents didn’t tire in teaching me. Now, I’m baptized.

On MCGI Leaders
Thanks be to God and we have preachers like Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, who despite hardships, remain strong for the brethren.

~o~

Bro. Joey Feliciano, 42, Former Catholic, Pangasinan Province

On Being Baptized
My body feels light, and I feel like my sins are gone.

I heard [Bro. Eli Soriano] since 2000 on radio. It was Bro. Alex who invited me to the Locale of Calasiao. I listened [to the indoctrination sessions] there for a few days. Then I went on with [the baptism]. Bro. Alex is the husband of my aunt. And now he’s my brother too.

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli, I thank him because if it weren’t for their good attitude towards people, their wonderful teachings as of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Father, I would not be here. His teaching is good; may he continue it.

~o~

Sis. Michaella Ganaban, 18, Former Catholic, Pampanga

On Being Baptized
I feel light and good inside.

I was able to watch [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] through his Bible Expositions on television, on UNTV. I’ve been listening to him for a long time, since a month ago, but it was only now that I learned that there was a locale in Rosario.

All he says is really in the Bible. At first, I didn’t like him. But that’s what others comment on him too as he speaks [frankly].

On MCGI Leaders
I hope they will continue [preaching]. May God always be with them.

~o~

Sis. Myriam Talagtag, 29, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I feel light inside. The problems I had, I’ve already overcome with the help of the Father God.

I feel that God the Father is with me, because when I was baptized, I felt that my heart seemed to be overwhelming with grace.

I heard [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] before, but I didn’t make anything of it. Sometimes, I would catch him on television.

But it just so happened that my husband and his siblings are already members, and they also became instruments for me [to become a member].

I was with my husband in [attending gatherings]. I was able to listen to the doctrines. I studied them and wrote them down. I understood them. Thanks be to God.

On MCGI Leaders
I’m very thankful for the teachings that you [taught] us, that our souls may be saved on judgment day if we will stand by the teachings from the Bible that you preach to us. Many, many thanks to God.

MCGI Takes Part in Public Service Channel UNTV’s Celebration of 10th Year

Weeks shy of their second quarterly International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) event, congregants of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) actively took part in a wave of public service endeavors in support of UNTV 37’s 10th year anniversary.

As part of preparation to every Thanksgiving to God event, MCGI practices doing good works, as it is written in in Hebrews 13:15-16.

MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eliseo Soriano himself has spearheaded many international humanitarian efforts for the indigents in society.

An elderly lady enjoys a free optical check-up, one of the many free services given during UNTV 37's Elderpowerment Event held at the WTC on June 25-26, 2014. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
An elderly lady enjoys a free optical check-up, one of the many free services given during UNTV 37’s Elderpowerment Event held at the WTC on June 25-26, 2014. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

Hence, UNTV’s advocacies and community-building efforts, which are closely aligned with the reach-out missions of the Church, receive strong support from Bro. Eli and MCGI.

Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI Supporting Overall Servant, incidentally is Chairman and CEO of UNTV’s content provider, Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI).

Also a veteran broadcast journalist, Kuya Daniel is the brain behind the Public Service Channel’s various projects.

“Elderpowerment” 

MCGI participated in the two-day “Elderpowerment Expo,” which was the centerpiece event of UNTV’s anniversary with  the theme, “Caring for the Elderly.” The event aims to empower the elderly and raise awareness on their needs, as well as their being a vital part in the society.

Also helping raise awareness to the young and the old alike is the Golden Dove Award-winning cast of the KNC Show, who created a catchy caring for the elderly song and music video.

UNTV staff and hosts entertain the thousands of elderly and visitors as they wait to avail a slew of free services at the World Trade Center during the "Elderpowerment" event on June 25-26, 2014.(PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
UNTV staff and hosts entertain the thousands of elderly and visitors as they wait to avail a slew of free services at the World Trade Center during the “Elderpowerment” event on June 25-26, 2014.(PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

MCGI partnered with major government agencies such as the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Department of Health (DOH), and Philippine National Police (PNP), to name a few, to give free services to the elderly last June 25-26 at the World Trade Center, Philippines, which was also part of UNTV’s 10th anniversary celebration.

Local to Global Outreach to Seniors

Aside from this, MCGI, in partnership with the Home for the Golden Gays and UNTV, relocated an adoption home for the elderly gays and lesbians from Pasay to Brgy. Talipapa, Novaliches. This effort was spearheaded by the Happy Christian gay group of MCGI.

In Guayaquil, Ecuador, MCGI conducted a feeding program for the elderly. The feeding program was able to help recipients totalling to almost a hundred, where more than half of which are reportedly abandoned.

Aside from this, a feeding program was also conducted in a Home for the Aged in Bogota, Colombia, São Paulo, Brazil, as well as a tent city in Port-Au-Prince Haiti. The feeding program in Haiti also benefitted those who are still displaced from the 2010 earthquake.

MCGI Katulong ng Pangangasiwa Bro. Danny Navales (third from L) poses with the members, supporters and founders of the Home for the Golden Gays. Through an effort spearheaded by MCGI's "Happy Christian" group, the Home for the Golden Gays have been transferred to a bigger location in Novaliches. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
MCGI Katulong ng Pangangasiwa Bro. Danny Navales (third from L) poses with the members, supporters and founders of the Home for the Golden Gays. Through an effort spearheaded by MCGI’s “Happy Christian” group, the Home for the Golden Gays have been transferred to a bigger location in Novaliches. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

For the indigents of National Trades Union Congress Eldercare Facility – Silverace Centre in Singapore, MCGI conducted gift-giving and crafts-teaching activities, as well as provided entertainment for the elderly with lively songs and dances.

In Winnipeg, Canada, MCGI members expressed their support for the elderly by participating in the Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk. It was a fund-raising event that aims to provide better healthcare services and programs for those suffering from this illness.

Even More Public Service

Aside from holding activities with the goal of empowering our society’s beloved elderly population, MCGI championed different public service efforts in various corners of the world.

A mass blood donation drive is one such endeavor that MCGI consistently holds in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and Blood Society of the Philippines.

In the Philippines alone, a total of 63 points conducted the blood drive between June 15 and 29, 2014, which garnered a total of 2,200 qualified blood bags for donation, as of writing time.

Outside the Philippines, countries such as UAE, Canada, Brazil, Cambodia and Singapore, to name a few, also participated in the mass blood donation event. In Singapore, 137 blood bags were collected and donated out of 170 registered blood donors.

MCGI also held clean up drives in various cities and provinces of the Philippines, such as Benguet, La Union, Zamboanga and Cavite. The cleanup effort was simultaneously held in different states in Australia.

On top of clean up drives, tree-planting activities were also held at the Eco Walk Trail in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, wherein 500 Narra tree seedlings were planted. In Sta. Cruz High School in Bulacan, MCGI members and students planted 150 Mahogany saplings.

Sta. Maria, Bulacan Mayor Bartolome "Omeng" Ramos (Center), Vice Mayor Rico Sto. Domingo (3rd from Left) and the participants of the tree-planting activity posed after planting 1500 mahogany saplings at the Sta. Cruz High School, Sta Maria, Bulacan in support of UNTV 37's 10th anniversary.(PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
Sta. Maria, Bulacan Mayor Bartolome “Omeng” Ramos (Center), Vice Mayor Rico Sto. Domingo (3rd from Left) and the participants of the tree-planting activity posed after planting 1500 mahogany saplings at the Sta. Cruz High School, Sta Maria, Bulacan in support of UNTV 37’s 10th anniversary.(PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

Aside from the elderly, the young ones were also beneficiaries of MCGI’s public service efforts.

In Oriental Mindoro, MCGI conducted a four-day feeding program for the students of Babangunan Day Care Center, while students from Mararaot Elementary School in Tanay province were given bags and school supplies for the start of the school year.

Church members in Vietnam joined in and visited an orphanage for the boys, where they conducted a gift-giving program and provided entertainment the young ones.

MCGI’s second quarterly International Thanksgiving to God will be on July 4-6, 2014, in major MCGI Coordinating Centers worldwide.

(Written by Pauline Arellano)


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